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A Scenic Ride

My son nodded off in the car the other day. So I decided to take a ride through a surrounding town while listening to holiday tunes. 
Lots of people, thanks to television and movies, think New Jersey is an armpit and lacks any beauty. I beg to differ, but when all you see is the New Jersey Turnpike, I understand. 
As I drove along a particular road it struck me how serene and tranquil the area was at that moment. I decided I had to try and get some photos. The road was not conducive to just pulling over nonstop. Too windy and narrow in some points. When I was certain there was no one coming and going, I stopped, rolled down my window and took a picture. I was only able to take two and they are of the Lamington River. The area is really beautiful and there are a few houses here and there. I loved the tranquility of it all as my little guy slept and I hummed along to "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..."



Hope your weekend was wonderful.

Cheers! MissFifi

Whatcha got?

A sense of humor thank God.

Yesterday I commented on a blog post by Ben Hewitt about how some people read homesteading blogs and feel inadequate. I think it happens to the best of us. You will read that someone has cut their debt to almost nil or grew three acres of perfect vegetables. Why is it the cabbage worms have ignored their planted heads while mine had been decimated to the point where I will no longer attempt to grow said veggie??Anyway, I wanted to reassure the person who made gotten that conversation started. She apologized and I felt she did not have to. Some homesteaders don't share the rough times only they good, but I prefer when they share it all in that type of world as it makes it much more interesting.

That being said, it looks like my reply inspired Mr. Hewitt to write a parody based off my reply.

Here is the original post and you can scroll down to my comment.

Here is the parody.

I am fodder for the masses, I think, in a good way. Seriously though, Portlandia sh…

Our Little "Tree"

I bought this gold, wired tree, which most likely now be considered 'hipster',  quite a few years ago at Crate and Barrel. After some good natured teasing by some loving friends who asked where we would put our child's presents since he must learn the "deception of Santa", I figured it was a safe idea to put up our little tree. Last year I had done it but it was a constant ornament chase festival and this year he seemed even more obsessed with the ornaments on our friends tree. In the end I figured if he breaks something, so what? Most of it is unbreakable and while there are one or two sentimental ornaments, it is not the end of the world if we lost them to excited little hands.

Behold our little beauty.


It was the best shot I could get and yes it sort of reminds me of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree and I love that. Your eyes are not playing games, that is a batman ornament and a menorah up front next to a snow globe. We are multicultural in these digs okay?

O…

A Teacher From Tokyo - Children Full of Life Documentary

Mr. Kanamori, a teacher in Japan, believes school should make you happy. Yeah, get the box of tissues.


If you cannot view it via YouTube try this link.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Change in Eating

I have begun eating homemade oatmeal for breakfast once again. See, when I got pregnant the taste of oatmeal made me want to toss my cookies so I had ceased to eat it. I tried it after I had our son, but it still grossed me out.

Recently I had a really bad episode of a sugar crash. I had only eaten two chocolate chip scones and was out with my son who decided to pitch a fit in a store so I carried him out. I ended up tripping over a curb and we both crashed down. (My son hit his head on sidewalk. That was nice and terrifying for him and me. We took him to the doctor and all was well.) As I stood up to make sure he was okay since he hit his head, I became light headed, my heart started to race and I thought I would pass out. I somehow got us to our car and sat in the driver seat. holding him and called my husband telling him I could not drive. I shoved a chocolate croissant in my mouth, yeah not to smart but it was all I had, and met my hubby at dr's office because after a few minu…

I'm So Glad We've Had This Time Together

Seems our furry friends have gone and met their maker. Not a one of them was caught in the snap traps which means they ate their fill of the bait boxes, which also means I have little mice carcasses in my walls. This is exactly what I wanted to avoid. I hope they decompose and don't smell, but I am sure one a warm spring day I may know just where they are. Now that is all kinds of awesome.
My husband already knows if I smell it, he will have to cut the drywall and remove it. I can only hope they perished outside, but what are the chances?
The exterminator comes back on the 17th for a follow up so I guess I can bombard him with any questions I have then.

I thought I would share a few articles I have read and found interesting, infuriating or just outright enjoyed.

Ireland's "New Poor" Need Food Banks to Eat - Wouldn't be nice if people made enough money so food banks became obsolete? Sadly, this is not the case.

Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tig…

Charity and Frugality

We are on the tail ends of our colds here, my son faring better than us, but I would still love to lie down and nap for about three hours. Also, the exterminator will be here in a bit and I honestly cannot wait to get this process going. I am so sick of mice poop at this point and I am sorry, but they must find elsewhere to live.

I have been reading a lot of interesting articles and blog posts in regards to charitable giving and reeling in the holiday spending. Do I think you can be frugal and still give? Absolutely. I just think you need to be wise as to where and how you give. Mindfulness is key, even in being charitable.

There is a great article in December's Money Magazine that discusses how one should decide to give to charities. It is also in Time Magazine, see the link below.

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Charitable Giving Buck

It is interesting how money is more helpful than dropping off a bag of clothes in some cases, but it makes sense. The charity itself knows where …

Achoo!

Once again, my son has caught a cold. He had a fever on Saturday. Now he is just a snotty, coughing mess. Add to this that I have begun having sneezing fits and we all know this means I will soon be joining him in veritable snot land. Tissues for everyone!
The cough he has troubles me because there is not much one can do for it. No OTC meds for any child under the age of 6 if I am correct so that sucks. I tried to give him honey and he acted as if I offered him arsenic on a stick. Mommy will try the honey again later. My favorite thing he does is use his sleeves or beloved bear as a tissue. He even likes to run over and hug me, burying his face in my just washed hair. Parenting is not for germaphobes.

Now good news. Wednesday, at 1pm, John from PermaKill will be here to begin the process of mice elimination.

Hallelujah.

After cleaning my silverware drawer early this morning due to mouse droppings in there, well, these little buggers can kiss my grits. All our forks, knives and spoons …